2330 Ripple Street, Los Angeles, CA For one night, a pop-up entitled ‘A Picture is Worth 500 Words’, will feature five architects/artists and six writers who will read within a warehouse in Frogtown (by the intersection of the 1-5 and 2 freeways). Each writer received an image from a participating architect/artist, with an assignment of interpreting it in no more than 500 words. Each story will inspire the artist and audience to rethink visual context and relationships. It is a dialogue between art, space and storytelling. Curated by Martina Dolejsova and J.Ryan Stradal.
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A Picture is Worth 500 Words
March 15, 2014, open 6:30pm to 10pm
Reading at 7:30pm
Thursday January 16 | 6:30 – 9:00pm
Femmes Fatales VII
A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles 6032 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Pedagogy & Practice
The Association for Women in Architecture + Design, LAForum, and A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles present a special Pecha Kucha event celebrating vibrant and talented women architects, designers, and artists in the Los Angeles area. The Femmes Fatales Pecha Kucha showcases the plentitude and variety of females who have articulated themselves in a range of diverse practices.
20 slides . 20 seconds
FREE for members of AWA+D, LAForum, and A+D Museum; General admission: $10; Seniors & students: $5
2330 Ripple Street, Los Angeles, CA
For one night, a pop-up entitled ‘A Picture is Worth 500 Words’, will feature five architects/artists and six writers who will read within a warehouse in Frogtown (by the intersection of the 1-5 and 2 freeways). Each writer received an image from a participating architect/artist, with an assignment of interpreting it in no more than 500 words. Each story will inspire the artist and audience to rethink visual context and relationships. It is a dialogue between art, space and storytelling. Curated by Martina Dolejsova and J.Ryan Stradal.
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The LA Forum announces the launch of our Kickstarter campaign to support the upcoming publication Dingbat 2.0! The book features projects from the Dingbat 2.0 Competition, which challenged the design community to re-envision dingbat apartment buildings for the 21st Century, as well as essays by Barbara Bestor, Aaron Betsky, James Black, Dana Cuff, Judy Fiskin (photo essay), Thurman Grant, John Kaliski, Joshua G. Stein, John Southern, Steven Treffers and Wim de Wit. Please consider contributing to the Forum’s first Kickstarter, and help us raise funds for a publication that will critically discuss the past & future of this idiosyncratic Southern California housing type!
Click here to support the Dingbat 2.0 Kickstarter
See these links for more info:
Dinbat 2.0 Website
Dingbat 2.0 Facebook
Winning projects from the Dingbat 2.0 Competition
The LA Forum is proud to announce that the 2013 John Chase Memorial Fund has been awarded to Andrew Kovacs and Laurel Consuelo Broughton for their proposal Gallery Attachment.
A small-sized, freestanding architectural object located in a residual public space, Gallery Attachment promises to be a new take on both exhibition and public space. Conceived as a participatory design effort, Gallery Attachment wll be constructed as an assemblage of both designed and existing components by Kovacs and Broughton with a group of collaborators. Gallery Attachment will be both a space for display and an unlikely formal grouping of objects that invites the community at large to engage in both architectural conversation and informal public gatherings.
Gallery Attachment is scheduled for installation in Los Angeles in September 2014.
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Thursday, December 5th, 7 p.m.
Hennessey + Ingalls
214 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Join author and architect Joe Day in conversation with LA Forum board member and critic Mimi Zeiger.
A 50-year survey of groundbreaking designs for exhibition and detention, Corrections & Collections: Architectures for Art and Crime explores America’s many new environments for the beautiful and the damned.
Joe Day designs and writes in L.A., where he leads deegan-day design and teaches at SCI-Arc. In addition to Corrections & Collections, Day recently added a foreword to the new UC Press edition of Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: Architecture of the Four Ecologies.]]>
The Fall 2013 issue of the LA Forum Newsletter, picks up a question from Lewis Mumford “What is a City?” In 1937 he defined the city as a drama—the pluralism of social actions, functions, communities, and structures. And nearly eight decades later, the answers still seem fluid and provisional. Today, we question if Los Angeles needs to aspire to an imported urbanism as singular and frictionless as a High Line, and ask for more than a low risk, feel-good parklet program, the very program described with all its interruptions by Martina Dolejsova. An excerpt from Aris Janigian’s This Angelic Land reminds us that even as the 1992 riots fade into history their intense complexity remains with us as a constant backdrop. Board member Orhan Ayyuce’s interview with Kyong Park considers many cities and, in his op-ed, board member Duane McLemore shines a light on the taut relationship between community, cultural programming, and private funding.
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Image: 2013 LA Forum Exhibitions HOW SMALL IS TOO SMALL & BY-RIGHT/BY-DESIGN
The LA Forum announces a request for proposals for our Summer 2014 exhibitions. In keeping with the Forum’s mission, we’re looking for exhibitions and installations that provoke discourse on contemporary architecture and urban design, problematize the politics of the built environment, and/or investigate Los Angeles as a site of cultural production.
Selected proposals will be on view June-July as part of LA Forum Events @ WUHO. The WUHO Gallery is located on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. This timeframe includes installation and de-installation of the proposed exhibitions.
Exhibition proposals should include the following:
The gallery display area is approximately 15 feet wide x 60 feet deep x 13 feet tall. It may be occupied in any manner in order to make an architecturally-charged full-scale project or exhibition. The project may use any media and alter the envelope in a non-destructive way while maintaining accessibility standards. The gallery features a glass storefront on Hollywood Boulevard.
Exhibitions must be self-funded, but applicants will receive support from the LA Forum for publicity, opening reception event and staffed gallery hours for up to 15 hours per week (typically Fri/Sat/Sun 12-5pm). Request for extended hours may be considered if funding allows. Proposals must acknowledge that the gallery shall be restored to pre-exhibition status once the exhibition has been de-installed.
Exhibition Proposals should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, December 2, 2013. Winners will be notified in early January 2014.
Join the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design for the second event in our annual Out There Doing It series.
Featuring the Out There Doing It 2013 participants ALLTHATISSOLID, Anna Neimark/First Office, Bryony Roberts, and Design, Bitches
Moderated by Mohamed Sharif, Bureau for Architecture and Design
The 2013 OTDI participants represent emerging designers and architects based in Los Angeles. Their practices are as diverse as they are interdisciplinary. Challenging conventional practice, these designers actively question how architecture is represented, conceptualized, materialized, and publicized. Each team will present their work and then engage in a roundtable discussion that questions the state of emerging practice in L.A. today.
ALLTHATISSOLID is a collaborative design and research practice based in Los Angeles, Kuala Lumpur, and Seoul. Strewn across the Pacific Rim, each project uniquely choreographs its own set of contemporary agendas while absorbing local complexities. Our design approach biases an open and interdisciplinary process that encourages material and cultural contamination so that every architectural response is thickly layered. In doing so, these environments expand the field of possibilities and intensities of interaction available to sympathetic users and constituencies. As the firm’s name suggests, our research and practice seeks to develop objects, architecture, and urbanism across scale and typologies so that pre-existing categories mutually inform and distort one another. This approach privileges an understanding of the built and natural environment as ecologies of responsive and informational systems. Through methods of projective modeling and innovative fabrication techniques, ALLTHATISSOLID hopes to find new social and sensational ensembles within the designed world.
Design, Bitches is a collaboration that embraces the intrinsic paradoxical ugly beauty of our surroundings. We admire combinations of “this” AND “that” rooted in the cultural collisions and the history of architectural experimentation in Los Angeles, our home turf. Our geographic location is essential to our work. We are avid observers and our connectivity to the city provides us with wider influences seen through the lens of our everyday experience. We enjoy working in tandem—bouncing off one another and doing a little of everything. We strive to remain true to ourselves in our work and our interests unabashedly unforced or strained by popular discourse, trends and opinion. Our work is philosophically at the corner of architecture, culture & pop. We value creative editing without blacklisting—nothing is off limits. Car washes, Miu Miu, the smell of fresh rain on oily asphalt, Michel Foucault, The Roots, anime, termite tents- all equally inspiring & up for grabs. We enjoy messing with people’s heads through perceptual tricks, optical illusions, and distorted perception. We are inspired by artistic & cultural mix-masters and enjoy intertwining dream-like illusions and the natural sensory beauty of the California landscape—wide vistas, Santa Ana winds, road trips, the colors of smog-tinted sunset and the ocean. We are un-interested in making precious places and lean towards the creation of place which is a bit odd yet comfortable- places in which people want to stay. We are advocates of an architecture that is accessible to a broader audience & connected to every day life. We are inspired by how people adapt to their space and devise creative solutions to informally marry beauty and function. Catherine Johnson & Rebecca Rudolph are both native Californians and licensed architects. Catherine received her MArch from SCI-Arc and her BIARC from the University of Oregon, Rebecca received her MArch from SCI-Arc and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Paris VIII.
Anna Neimark is co-founder of First Office, a design studio that focuses on form through a critical engagement with the conventions of architectural drawing. Recent publications include an article, “The Infrastructural Monument, Soviet Works under Construction and in Representation” in Future Anterior, as well as a series of essays co-authored with Andrew Atwood: “Zoopol, A Monument to the Animal Kingdom” in Project, “How to Domesticate a Mountain” forthcoming in Perspecta, and “Abstraction Returns” in Think-Space. Anna is full-time faculty at SCI-Arc. She received a BA in Architecture from Princeton and an M.Arch from the GSD.
Bryony Roberts teaches architecture at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles and is the principal of Bryony Roberts Studio, a Los Angeles-based research and design practice. After earning her BA from Yale University in Studio Art and Humanities, she earned her Masters in Architecture at Princeton University, and worked in the architectural practices of WORKac in New York and Mansilla + Tunon in Madrid. Her practice, Bryony Roberts Studio, engages research and design projects from the scale of installations to residential architecture to urban design, and has exhibited work in Los Angeles, Houston, Berlin, and Rome. She taught previously as a Wortham Fellow at the Rice School of Architecture and last summer was the Artist-in-Residence at the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences.
The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design is pleased to announce ForumFest 2013! The festive party and fundraiser celebrates the best and brightest of the Los Angeles architecture community, and this year honors Michael Maltzan, FAIA, of Michael Maltzan Architecture. Please join us on November 9th, 2013 at Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate Michael Maltzan and the LA Forum, and help raise the funds that are vital to supporting Forum programming! The event will include a live DJ, a silent auction of drawings by Michael and other L.A. architects, and installations by participants in the Forum’s 2013 Out There Doing It series.
Individual tickets start at $100 and include annual membership. Larger office sponsorships range from $300 to $5,000, with admission for 4 to 20 people, with $500 being the entry level for inclusion in the evening’s printed program.
For more info and purchase, go to laforum.org/membership. For questions about higher levels of sponsorship, please email email@example.com.Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design 501(c)3 number: 95-4161753
Join the LA Forum for the 4th site visit of the 2013 On The Map Series ‘South of the Ten’ as we visit the El Segundo Museum of Art on Thursday, August 22nd. El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) is a private, non-profit art laboratory located in a new ground-up building in downtown El Segundo that is expanding the landscape of LA’s art scene, both geographically, and through innovative programming. In addition to providing a publicly accessible exhibition space for the owners’ collection and for traveling exhibits, the ESMoA building also includes a multi-level residential unit connected to the gallery and to the roof-terrace for their on-going artist-in-residence program. Both the mission and the physical architecture of the museum raise provocative questions about the role of private institutions in filling the gaps in arts-education today, as well as tactics for how the arts can be used to help catalyze development and place-making within the LA metropolis.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 – 7:00 PM
Non-members can purchase tickets the day of the event or via paypal here